Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ The Ace Hotel

A religious experience with the gothic rock legend

June 30th, 2017
David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, Review

I tried my damnedest to witness Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds when I headed to Texas for South by Southwest, back when the band had just released Push The Sky Away. Being the festival virgin I was and having the naiveté to show up to a concert on time, I was turned away at the door as Stubb’s was up to capacity for the evening. I wasn’t necessarily disappointed (SXSW had so much other music happening), but a little part of me really wanted to see the rock music legend in his intense glory. I wanted to be surrounded by people in a place so unfamiliar to me, to unleash myself into the hoards of attendees and be the freak I wanted to be with the gothic punk man and his bad seeds ready to treat me to a night of emotional fury.

Four years later, I see them at The Act Hotel downtown, and I’m immensely happy I waited. Their latest album, last year’s Skeleton Tree, is one of Nick Cave’s most lyrically heart-wrenching records to date in a songbook of so many heart-wrenching moments, and that this show featured such songs of overwhelming gravity gave me chills, in a way that existential realization might make you “see the light,” in fear and accepting of it. Fate had it for me to see him this very night instead of before this moment.

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Show Preview: F.J. McMahon @ The L.A. Sanctuary

A special one-night event with backing band Quilt

June 28th, 2017
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News

It only took a little over half a century for 60’s folk artist F.J. McMahon to receive the recognition warranted by his one and only album Spirit of the Golden Juice. The enigmatic 60’s folk artist released the transient nine-track album in 1969, playing in bars up and down the California coast, sometimes for nothing more than spare tips tossed into his hat.

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Meet Emmitt James

Wisconsin-born creative chameleon now an eastsider

June 27th, 2017
Kyle B. Smith
Category: Lead Story, News

LA, meet your neighbor Emmitt James.

The Wisconsin-born hip-hop artist and creative chameleon is now an engrained eastsider. With an ear for proper studio production, and an eye for design, James possesses a cross-functional creative vision that would make Jack White proud.

Take for example backyard gigs from Highland Park to mid-city, and the innovative ways James and his friends spread the word about these happenings. Emmitt designs custom made info cards that he & co. pass out in their daily travels to help spread that good word.

Emmitt’s main live act performs under the moniker Emmitt James & The Feel Goods, a rotating crew that typically includes drums, violin, a DJ, and female jazz vocals.

Their 2016 aptly-titled LP, The Feel Good Tape, is laced with James’ easy going conversational flow, plays on words, and humorous witticisms on life, love and the good and bad that falls in between. All of this lays atop lush production from a collection of talented producers. It’s a 20-minute journey on Euphoria Airlines worth taking.

Soon to come is a new EP, the tentatively titled Cigarettes, Porn, and Lotto Tix. Consider it a sort of homage to that trio of vices we Americans anxiously start to consume at age 18.

Below, check out James’ video for “Sunshine,” a piece that was filmed up in LA’s Griffith Park. “Sunshine” reimagines Mndsgn’s 2012 instrumental track “Eko,” to include James’ vocals and effects.

Emmitt James & The Feel Goods make their Low End Theory debut at The Airliner in Lincoln Heights on July 5.

Otherwise, catch Emmitt at COMETHOO with an RSVP to Two One Three Eight Four One Eight Nine Seven One.

For more of Emmitt’s sounds hop over to his Soundcloud page

For more information: @gaptooth_shawty (IG), @lostboy_emmitt (Twitter)

Grace VanderWaal Releases “Moonlight”

The young songwriter captivates with her new tune

June 23rd, 2017
Zein Khleif
Category: News

On last season’s America’s Got Talent, Simon Cowell dubbed Grace VanderWaal the new Taylor Swift. After listening to her newest single, “Moonlight,” it’s more evident than ever that he may have been right.

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Odesza Announces New Album and World Tour

“A Moment Apart” Tour hits Staples Center 10/20

June 14th, 2017
Mary Bonney
Category: News

The indie electronic duo ODESZA landed on my radar in 2014 when my younger sister took me to Amoeba Records to see “the best DJs” perform tracks off their new release In Return. Tucked in a corner of the world-renowned store, the Seattle-based pair of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight blew me away with their lush, layered electropop tracks, infectious hooks and incredible showmanship. I later interviewed Mills and it was clear ODESZA’s deep love for music and unparalleled talent would take them far.

ODESZA spent the three years following In Returns massive success touring relentlessly. The duo released other collaborations and recently dropped two brand news songs in a lead up to what fans have been waiting for – the announcement of their new album entitled A Moment Apart, set for release on September 8th, and a world tour in its support this fall.

ODESZA’s shows quickly sell out in Los Angeles so its fitting Mills and Knight will perform at LA’s largest venue The Staples Center on October 20th. “We’ll have all new stage production and visuals, some of which we debuted a few weeks ago at Red Rocks, and of course a lot of new music,” the pair said.

The pre-sale is live now and tickets go on sale this Friday, June 16th. Don’t miss your chance to see these two college friends-turned-superstars bring their high energy and hypnotic tunes to life for thousands of fans.

ODESZA Tour Dates:
9/3 – Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot
9/14 – Auckland, NZ @ Great Hall
9/15 – Melbourne, AU @ Form
9/16 – Sydney, AU @ Enmore Theater
9/29 – London, UK @ O2 Forum
9/30 – Paris, FR @ Elysee Montmartre
10/3 – Brussels, BE @ AB Main Hall
10/5 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
10/7 – Berlin, DE @ Astra Kulturhaus
10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
10/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Lost Lake Festival
10/24 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
10/26 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theater
11/3 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum
11/8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
11/10 – Madison, WI @ Minneapolis, MN
11/11 – Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
11/14 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple
11/17 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factor
11/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factor
12/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center

For more information on Odesza:
Official website

Win Tickets to Arroyo Seco Weekend!

The inaugural fest in Pasadena June 24th & 25th!

June 13th, 2017
David Fisch
Category: Contest, Lead Story

The music festival season – packed and flavorful as it always is – is receiving another one in form of the cool and collected Arroyo Seco Weekend, presented by Goldenvoice!

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Kelsea Ballerini Releases “Legends”

The first single off of her upcoming album!

June 9th, 2017
Zein Khleif
Category: News

Country-pop breakout, Kelsea Ballerini, has finally released the first single off of her upcoming sophomore album. “Legends,” a Taylor Swift Fearless –esque reflection on past love, is bound to become one of this summer’s country radio hits.

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LAMB Session: Allie X

Promoting her debut full-length Collxtion II!

Lex Voight

Allie X is clearly a star on the rise. The enigmatic musician has caught the attentions of everyone from Katy Perry to major fashion photographers to labels and beyond. Her debut full-length record, Collxtion II, is dropping today and to help promote it she stopped by LAMB for a brief acoustic session and interview.
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Sheryl Crow @ The Grammy Museum

Wednesday Night Music Club

Lex Voight
Category: News, Photo Gallery

It would be difficult to find a more successful, influential, or prolific female pop rock musician of the last several years than Sheryl Crow. The 55 year old rock n’ roll legend stopped by the Grammy museum this past Wednesday for a candid look at her recently released 9th record and a short performance featuring her biggest hits.
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Dan Holguin releases Room For Love EP

LA singer/songwriter unveils new music

David Fisch
Category: News

LA-based singer/songwriter Dan Holguin has been patiently creating a vault’s worth of music for the past couple of years, but considering the current climate of social-political relations and personal struggles, he’s finally decided to reveal what he’s got in the form of three EPs this year. The first, entitled Room For Love, is available now, and you can stream it below via Soundcloud.

Room For Love almost feels directed as a response to the late Prince’s passing, with a menagerie of instrumentation and production approaches that teeter on 80’s pop balladry without straying too far away from Dan’s penchant for guitar-driven harmonies. It’s meant to be listened to as a whole record, or “mini-album,” though each track (sans interludes) has its own support with sweetly dark instrumentals.

You can pay what you want for the album at his website.